28 Jul

Rosie has a new pump. It’s a very simple thing which has needles nestling just under the skin on her shoulder, which gives her a constant supply of anti-sickness, pain relief and whatever else. She is particularly taken with the needle as it looks like she has had a small dragonfly tatoo done. Or is it tattoo? Tattoo I think. So you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief because having the pump meant that Rosie could eat some of her turkey dinner. At last. I had a roast potato to help her.

Rosie has also had a long discussion with the palliative care doctors and they are arranging for her to have a small amount of radiotherapy to her stomach to reduce the inflammation which is causing the bleeding. She’ll have that done at Cheltenham. She is very pleased at this turn of events, although she is also a bit nervous about it. But not as nervous as she is at the prospect of possibly having another internal bleed.

That’s what she wanted you to know about today. So there you are.



23 Responses to “Pump”

  1. Sue Trevethan July 28, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Hi Rosie, never been the first to post before……… just wanted you to know that everyone at Hope is rooting for you. xxx

  2. margaret crisp July 28, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Hi Rosie, people pay a fortune for tattos and yours comes free!! Glad the turkey dinner went well, hope today is an equally good day, if not better!
    Not a lot to report here, am having a lazy day today as did a bit too much yesterday! We are delivering some mushrooms to the old folk that John gathered yesterday, buying bread and then I’ll rest up doing puzzles and knitting. John is getting a bit fed up with the housework, saying things like’ a woman’s work is never done…’ Still, lasagne and veg tonight already sorted, so that’ll help.
    Thinking of you all, love mags.

    • Michelle Gabriel July 28, 2011 at 7:40 am #

      Margaret, confused Mic here – did John gather up old folk or mushrooms?
      I have this vision of him picking little old people from the ground.
      Sorry, couldn’t resist!
      Naughty Mic xxxx

    • Julia July 28, 2011 at 9:15 am #

      Oh Mags you’ve made me laugh out loud. I now have a vision of you sitting with your feet up engrossed in your puzzles whilst John, wearing a flowery apron and wielding a feather duster, is trying to clean all around you and muttering away to himself.
      Did the old folk enjoy being gathered?
      We are a bit cheeky this morning. Michelle started it.

  3. Dollydimple July 28, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Thanks Jo, I’m amazed that anyone in Team Kilburn has got time to post on here – it sounds like you have all been kept very busy. Good to hear about the pump, hopefully a bit of symptom control will help Rosie turn a corner. So relieved you managed a bit of turkey dinner Rosie – it’s been a bit of a fixation recently – I hope it lived up to expectation! Great idea to stop the bleeding, when will the radiotherapy start?
    Hoping you all have a good day x

  4. Pip Armstrong July 28, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Hooray for the turkey dinner, hooray for the pump and hooray for the treatment plan :oD
    Sounds like a much better day, onwards and upwards x

  5. Michelle Gabriel July 28, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Rosie, the girl with the dragonfly (needle) tattoo.
    Bizarrely I’m wearing a dragonfly patterened dress today (with jeans, not brave enough to bare my legs, much too cold here in Northampton).
    I’m pleased you managed some of your roast dinner, hope it lived up to expectation.
    And hopefully the radiotherapy will help you with the bleeding.
    Keep up the good work Team Kilburn, fight on, we’re all behind you (me, Maz and Helen especially so if you’re being sick – far behind you ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    Take care, love to all, Mic and Eshaness too (and I’m sure Steve sends his as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    • Maz July 28, 2011 at 9:36 am #

      way way behind and actually out the door ๐Ÿ™‚

      Love the idea of it looking like a tattoo – Georgia will be jealous ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Helen July 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

        I’d actually be out of the building and down the street ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Trudy July 28, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Hi Rosie and team,sounds good about the pump,you wont even know its there soon it will become your dragonfly friend.Hope you enjoyed you turkey and that there is something good for tonights dinner.Good that you have a good doc who is going to try and fix the bleeding and that its local.Thanks for the update Jo.xxxx

  7. Helen & Harrie July 28, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Wow a dragonfly tattoo – I love dragonflies – would like a tattoo but not sure if I could handle having one done. The management plan sounds good, lets get you over to Cheltenham asap. All our love as always xxx

  8. Jilly July 28, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Try to keeo smiling I know it must be hard but loads of people are thinking of you

    Love Jill (beckys aunty)

  9. joinanutshell July 28, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I LOVE YOU RO ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to see you’ve got this tattoo, amazing! You need to take a picture!

    Keep smiling my sweet, if you need anything just shout ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you ๐Ÿ˜€

    Jo xxxx

  10. Claire July 28, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Wow, that sounds like a whole lot of positives in one day. I logged on about 47 times yesterday just to hear about the turkey dinner!
    Glad to hear the tattoo idea caught on……
    Mags, can’t you get the old folk collection to help with the housework? What does John usually do with them?

  11. denataylor July 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Hello from sweaty heat-rashy 104 degree Austin, Texas. Yay for constant anti-sickness meds and turkey dinner for Miss Rosie. I did a quick search and found that amongst Native Americans, the dragonfly is said to be a sign of happiness, speed and purity. I figure happiness = not feeling sick, speed = away from internal bleeding and pure = 100% pure, clever Rosie.

  12. Kate July 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    So so pleased they are looking after the lovely Rosie!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you’ve all had a much better day today!!! I’ve also heard you had a visitor… hope Al helped in the cheering up department??!! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re all routing for you here at the Winchester DC and thinking of you all the time โค โค โค xxx. PS – so relieved that you finally got the turkey dinner ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Sheena Allan July 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi Rosie, Jo, and all
    I did at last post a comment but don’t know where it went. Must be somewhere. Thats what 24plus hrs without sleep does. Befuddled mind. Just back from Vancouver and read your blog. Had to comment. You can read it when you find it .Doesn’t say what I want to say but really don’t have the words at the moment.

    Thinking of you all lots

  14. Bec ksa July 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Yay! turkey dinner is a horrible thing to miss out on! so im glad you got it =) Oh an i loved your last blog you crack me up!!! And im glad to see my elephant is working for you!!! xxxxx

    • Becks July 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

      Cant spell my own name :/ !!

  15. Becks July 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I like the Dragon fly theory!!! x

  16. Sue H July 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks for the update, we do think a lot about the whole Team Kilburn.
    The pump sounds a good idea and if it enables Turkey Dinner, well what’s to not like ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Also good news that the palliative care bods have some tricks up their sleeve to make things easier and nice and local in Chelt too.
    If Rosie/you ever get bored enough, i’d love to come and have a hospital tea and a chat, when she is well enough to endure it of course!

    Sue x

  17. celia butler July 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Don’t like posting late, everyone else has pinched what I wanted to say! But high five for today’s progress,so happy that Rosie managed some of a turkey dinner at last, and glad that there is a plan in place to help her feel better.
    Very impressed by having a reply from Texas. You really are a global star Rosie. Maybe we should arrange some sort of poll of regular readers of your blog to put a figure on how many and how far away?
    Thanks for the post Jo, and love to you all. x

  18. carol lewis July 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    It sounds like things are picking up which is great news, a dragon fly tattoo that sounds cool. Keep smiling Team Kilburn we’re all behind you pushing you back up that long hill.

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